Festival 2018

Countdown to Festival 2018…


Welcome to the home of the Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival

Now in its 12th year, the Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival 2018 brings together some of the country’s finest Sean Nós dancers, musicians, singers, poets and storytellers. It runs from May 7th to 13th 2018 in the shadow of the famous Benbulben mountain in the heart of Yeat’s Country, Co Sligo.

The festival has something for everyone, both young and old.  Why not join us and immerse yourself in a feast of traditional culture and see some real community spirit in motion.

A flavour of whats in store…

Getting to our Festival…

Travel & Transport

GPS / SatNav CoOrds:

  • 54°19’00.5″N, 8°28’44.8″W
  • 54.316798, -8.479114

By Road:

  • From Dublin – N4 to Sligo (202km) and then N15 to Rathcormac (7km)
  • From Galway – N17 to Sligo (180km) and then N15 to Rathcormac (7km)
  • From Derry – N15 to Rathcormac (74km)
  • From Enniskillken – N16 to Sligo and then N15 to Rathcormac (7km)

Public Transport:

  • Dublin Train to Sligo, then Taxi to Rathcormac (7km)
  • Expressway Bus to Sligo, then Taxi to Rathcormac (7km)

If You’re Stuck:

  • Give us a call! (Brenda 086 1925988 or Dorothy 087 4167026)



  • Mary Coggins : 071 914 3770
  • Yeats Lodge : 071 917 3787


  • Radisson Blu Hotel: 071 917 7211
  • Yeats Country Hotel: 071 917 7211

Food & Drink

  • Drumcliffe Tea House
  • Vintage Lane Cafe
  • Yeats Tavern
  • Collins Pub (Yeats Lounge)

Nearby Attractions

  • Yeat’s Grave (2km)
  • Drumcliffe Church and Round Tower (2km)
  • Rathcormac Craft Market (Sat Morns) (400m)
  • Glencar Lake and Waterfall (6km)
  • Rosses Point Beach (5km)
  • County Sligo Golf Club (5km)
  • Streedagh Beach (7km)
  • The Model Gallery (7km)
  • Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery (14km)
  • Parkes Castle (15km)
  • Lough Gill / Isle of Inishfree (22km)
  • Strandhill (15km)

Festival Programme





May 7th


Walkers 11:30am

Runners 12:00pm

Festival 8km Run and Walk

Registration from 9:30am

Registration in Rathcormac Hall Starts at Rathcormac School
4pm Drumcliffe Community Pageant 2018 Adm Free Rathcormac Village Green
 TBC Session Collins’ Pub
May 8th
2:00pm Poetrty and Music

Bards and Poets convene at the Vintage Café for poetry, music and song. In association with Poetry Ireland

All welcome!

Adm Free Vintage Café
8:00pm Drama The Old School
May 9th
11:00am Heritage Walk

In Rathcormac with local Historians.

 Adm Free Meet at Branleys Yard
6:00pm Rambling House

With open mic. All welcome!

Adm Free The Old School
May 10th
Craft Intergenerational Workshop


6:00pm Bealtaine Celebration

Cos Cos Festival links with Bealtaine Sligo. For information and booking phone Catherine 0868424969.

Adm Free Rathcormac Hall
May 11th
8:00pm Damhsa, Damhsa, Damhsa!!!

Dancing Concert with plenty of local and broad talent!

All Welcome!

Adm €25 Rathcormac Hall
May 12th
10:30am Workshop Registration Rathcormac Hall

2:00pm- 3:30pm


Sean Nós Dancing (Michael Tubridy)
Choir (Anúna)
Bodhrάn (Junior Davey)
Accordion (Johnny Connolly)
Sean Nós Singing & Lilting (Meaití Jó Shéamuis)

Adm €10 Rathcormac Hall
11:00am Café na Gaeilge Vintage Café
1:00pm Lunch Session

Music, Song & Dance

Adm Free Tea House, Drumcliffe
2:00pm Kevin McTernan Memorial Cup Music Competitions

Any Instrument Competitions

(U-15, & Over 15)
Registration on the day.

 Competition Entry Fee €4 Collins’ Pub
3:00pm Silent Céilí

Headphone disco

Adm Free Rathcormac Hall
4:00pm Pub Céilí Sets & Solos

Musicians welcome!

Adm Free Collins’ Pub
6:00pm Singing Session Adm Free History Centre
May 13th
11:30am Aifreann na Féile Rathcormac Church
12:15pm Outdoor Seisiún (weather dependent) Outside History Centre
1:30 – 4:00pm Wild Atlantic Sean Nós Dancing Competitions

Sean Nós Dancing Competitions
Under 8’s up

Collins’ Pub
3:00pm Spoken Word and Stories Session

with writer Maura Gilligan. All are welcome to share a story and add to the conversation.
Bealtaine Event.

Adm Free The Old School
4:00pm Percussion Workshops for All

With Peter Crann

Adm Free Rathcormac School
4:00pm The Big Celebration Céilí

will feature the Famous Kilfenora Céilí Band

Adm €12 Rathcormac Hall
9:30pm Slán Abhaile Seisiún Adm Free Collins’ Pub


The Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival Committee would like to thank the following for supporting our festival


Branley’s Yard
Collins’ Pub
Drumcliffe/Rathcormac Tidy Towns
Failte Ireland
Fr Michael Donnelly
Furey’s Buses

Jim Feeney Meats
Leslie Ward
Mary McMorrow
Michael Boland
Michael Regan Tyres

Oxfield Communty Centre

Ronan Kerrigan
Sligo Credit Union
Drumcliffe Teahouse
The Arts Council
The West family, Cooladrummin
Vintage Lane Cafe